Gabon - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Gabon was 1,729,660 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 1,729,660 in 2016 and a minimum value of 86,848 in 1960.

Definition: Urban population refers to people living in urban areas as defined by national statistical offices. It is calculated using World Bank population estimates and urban ratios from the United Nations World Urbanization Prospects. Aggregation of urban and rural population may not add up to total population because of different country coverages.

Source: World Bank staff estimates based on the United Nations Population Division's World Urbanization Prospects.

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Year Value
1960 86,848
1961 92,414
1962 99,891
1963 108,018
1964 116,899
1965 126,604
1966 137,251
1967 148,884
1968 161,461
1969 174,803
1970 188,838
1971 205,082
1972 222,141
1973 240,042
1974 259,014
1975 279,189
1976 300,655
1977 323,320
1978 347,262
1979 372,395
1980 398,719
1981 426,125
1982 447,629
1983 470,083
1984 493,545
1985 517,990
1986 543,472
1987 569,961
1988 598,676
1989 628,176
1990 658,388
1991 689,275
1992 720,845
1993 752,988
1994 785,676
1995 818,491
1996 851,437
1997 884,581
1998 917,994
1999 951,733
2000 985,907
2001 1,020,536
2002 1,055,785
2003 1,092,134
2004 1,130,203
2005 1,170,502
2006 1,212,975
2007 1,257,519
2008 1,304,351
2009 1,353,707
2010 1,405,611
2011 1,460,304
2012 1,517,310
2013 1,574,811
2014 1,630,370
2015 1,682,263
2016 1,729,660

Development Relevance: Explosive growth of cities globally signifies the demographic transition from rural to urban, and is associated with shifts from an agriculture-based economy to mass industry, technology, and service. In principle, cities offer a more favorable setting for the resolution of social and environmental problems than rural areas. Cities generate jobs and income, and deliver education, health care and other services. Cities also present opportunities for social mobilization and women's empowerment.

Limitations and Exceptions: Aggregation of urban and rural population may not add up to total population because of different country coverage. There is no consistent and universally accepted standard for distinguishing urban from rural areas, in part because of the wide variety of situations across countries. Most countries use an urban classification related to the size or characteristics of settlements. Some define urban areas based on the presence of certain infrastructure and services. And other countries designate urban areas based on administrative arrangements. Because of national differences in the characteristics that distinguish urban from rural areas, the distinction between urban and rural population is not amenable to a single definition that would be applicable to all countries. Estimates of the world's urban population would change significantly if China, India, and a few other populous nations were to change their definition of urban centers. Because the estimates of city and metropolitan area are based on national definitions of what constitutes a city or metropolitan area, cross-country comparisons should be made with caution.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Urban population refers to people living in urban areas as defined by national statistical offices. The indicator is calculated using World Bank population estimates and urban ratios from the United Nations World Urbanization Prospects. To estimate urban populations, UN ratios of urban to total population were applied to the World Bank's estimates of total population. Countries differ in the way they classify population as "urban" or "rural." The population of a city or metropolitan area depends on the boundaries chosen.

Aggregation method: Sum

Periodicity: Annual

Classification

Topic: Environment Indicators

Sub-Topic: Density & urbanization